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David J. Dávila Named Farmingdale State’s Fourth Fulbright Winner

Professional Communications Graduate to Teach in Argentina

August 22, 2013


David DavilaDavid J. Dávila, a 2013 graduate of Farmingdale State College, has won a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue travel and teaching abroad as a teacher of English at the university level in Argentina. Dávila, a Hauppauge resident, is the fourth Farmingdale student in as many years to have won this prestigious award.

"This is a tremendous honor for David Dávila, as well as for Farmingdale," said Farmingdale President W. Hubert Keen, who is a Fulbright recipient himself. "It is a testament to the continuing high quality of both our students and teachers at Farmingdale, and our commitment to the mentoring process."

The Fulbright application process was initiated in 2010 at Farmingdale by Dr. Beverly Kahn, professor of political science and campus Fulbright coordinator. Dr. Kahn, who has advised Dávila and all of Farmingdale's candidates through the rigorous application process, points out that the Fulbright is the most prestigious and competitive of the scholarships offered by the U.S. government. Among SUNY colleges, Farmingdale is tied for fourth place with a university center in the number of successful candidates.

During his years at Farmingdale, Dávila engaged in a special study abroad experience in Spain. He received a grant from the Spanish government to spend the 2010-2011 academic year as an English language assistant teacher at a high school in Salamanca, Spain. At Farmingdale, he served on the editorial staff of the college newspaper, the Rambler, and was selected as one of the college's newly established elite student representatives, the Rambassadors.

With this Fulbright opportunity, Dávila will travel to Argentina, where he will teach English at the university level at an English Teacher Training College for most of the academic year, which begins there in March.  Upon his return to the U.S., he plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of his ultimate goal of becoming a teacher of Journalism and English.

"I'm looking forward to pursuing a career in journalism, traveling and sharing the stories of others to the world," says Dávila.

Since its creation in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  Farmingdale State College has participated in the program since 2010.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics.

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually, about 1,600 of which are to graduating U.S. college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists, to study, teach, or conduct research.  For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-632-3241 or e-mail fulbright@state.gov.  Students enrolled at Farmingdale State College should contact the campus coordinator, Dr. Beverly Kahn, at Beverly.kahn@farmingdale.edu.